Ska on the Bay

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ska, ska, ska. Ja­maican ska. Sound fa­mil­iar? By now you would have seen the viral video on so­cial me­dia dis­play­ing a clip set in the 1960's with a that fa­mil­iar tune in the back­ground. If you have, then we know you are ready for ‘SKA on the Bay!.' Ta­pas on the Bay presents an­other mu­si­cal treat on Novem­ber 25 with an equally ex­cit­ing Ja­maican menu to suit.

In the late 1950's a new sound hit the Ja­maican mu­sic scene and quickly be­came the is­land's dominant mu­sic genre for over a decade. Ska, as it be­came known, is char­ac­ter­ized by a walk­ing bass line ac­cented with rhythms on the off-beat. El­e­ments of Caribbean mento, Ca­lypso, Amer­i­can Jazz, Rhythm and Blues are all in­cor­po­rated to cre­ate Ska mu­sic, from which would later birth mu­sic gen­res such as Rock­steady and Reg­gae.

The tim­ing of this typ­i­cally quick and up­beat sound co­in­cided with the cel­e­bra­tory feel­ings sur­round­ing Ja­maica's in­de­pen­dence in 1962. Ska's eas­ily recog­nis­able style and in­fec­tious rhythm was made for danc­ing. The mu­sic com­plete with an range dance moves caught on like wild­fire, spreading through­out the is­lands and to the rest of the world. There are a va­ri­ety of Ska dance steps, those most pop­u­larly known in­clude the West­ern Roll, the Row­ing, Ska-ing, Ska-Rid­ing and the Ska-Stomp­ing.

Come join us at Ta­pas in Rod­ney Bay from 7 p.m. Choose from a tra­di­tional se­lec­tion of Ja­maican cui­sine and Ap­ple­ton Rum Cock­tails. "Fiwi Ap­pe­tiza" is Man­ish Wa­ter Soup, Ac­kee & Salt Fish with Fes­ti­val or Ital-Cal­laloo frit­ters. Have a "belly full time" with Stew Ox­tail, Jerk Pork Ribs or Es­cov­itch Fish. "Wa-mek-yu sweet so?" Is it the Mama corn l pud­ding with beet-root ice cream or sweet potato pud­ding with Blue Moun­tain Cof­fee ice cream?

Dress for the oc­ca­sion if it suits you and cap­ture the mem­o­ries in our Ska-themed photo booth. Bring your danc­ing shoes and from 8 p.m. Ska the night away to your favourites from By­ron Lee & the Drag­o­naires, The Skatal­ites, Des­mond Dekker, Prince Buster, The May­tals and many more, all whilst en­joy­ing some Red Stripe. If you need to freshen up on those moves, we've got you cov­ered with a Ska Dance Class on Novem­ber 18 from 9 p.m. Per­sons wish­ing to have din­ner are en­cour­aged to call Ta­pas at 485-7189 for reser­va­tions. Fol­low us on Face­book and In­sta­gram at Ta­pas on The Bay to win prizes and keep up to date with all our events. Let's make it a date!

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